Web Desk -- The 77 year old American poet Louise Gluck by winning the 2020 Nobel Literature Prize has surprized all.
According to experts Gluck is an unexpected choice known for themes of childhood and family life that draw inspiration from myths and classical motifs. She was honoured “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”, the Academy said.
Gluck won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris and the National Book Award for her latest collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, in 2014.
The Academy’s permanent secretary Mats Malm said he had spoken to Gluck just before making the public announcement.
“The message came as a surprise, but a welcome one as far as I could tell,” Malm told reporters.
Gluck was not seen as a favourite for the Nobel in the run-up to Thursday’s announcement — though betting sites’ odds on her reportedly plunged just before Thursday’s announcement.
The chair of the Academy’s Nobel committee, Anders Olsson, lamented that she was not more well-known, “at least outside the US’ borders”, and had not been translated into many other languages.
She is the fourth woman to win the Nobel Literature Prize in the past decade — after Olga Tokarczuk, Svetlana Alexievich and Alice Munro — and only the 16th since the Nobel prizes were first awarded in 1901.